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Daily Blogs for 5/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

What is "Price Gouging?" | 05/31/07
 You’d expect ...

Why We Don't Take Comedy Seriously | 05/30/07
 Back in the good old days of Greek drama, the arts were properly balanced between ...

Iran Tottering on the Edge | 05/30/07
 How bad are things in Iran?  It’s hard to know.  Our international ...

We Are All in It Together, Clinton Says: | 05/29/07
 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that the Bush “ownership ...

GOP Tide in Full Ebb | 05/29/07
 Don’t look now, writes ...

Marriage in America: It's a Class Thing | 05/28/07
 As the June wedding season swings ...

Down the Memory Hole | 05/28/07
 Last fall ...

Peggy Noonan Against Senate Bill | 05/25/07
 It’s one thing for your normal right-wing knuckle-dragging yahoos like you and me ...

Evangelicals Enter Establishment | 05/25/07
 Lberal religion reporter ...

Immigration Numbers | 05/24/07
 Supply-sider ...

"Hook-up" Culture: Girls Still Confused | 05/23/07
 You can see what a job that feminists have done on our young college women.  When ...

The Unenforced Immigration Laws | 05/23/07
 No doubt, as our political leaders insist, there is a major immigration problem that ...

Committing Politics in Britain | 05/22/07
 Here in the United States our leaders are busy rushing a immigration amnesty bill to ...

The Immigration Bill and the Big Picture | 05/21/07
  It is, as  writes, an outrage when the governing classes try to rush a ...

How Much Does the Elite Know? | 05/21/07
 The great presumption of the twentieth century was that an educated elite capable of ...

Who Needs School Anyway? | 05/18/07
 Pity poor Marilee Jones, formerly Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of ...

Dems Can't Break the Habit | 05/18/07
 Despite their promise of moderation and transparency last November the Democrats ...

Iraq: After the Americans Leave | 05/17/07
 Conservatives think that when the United States leaves Iraq that all hell will break ...

Who Defeated the Soviet Union? | 05/17/07
 In hindsight, everyone knew that the Soviet Union was bound to collapse.  ...

Jerry Falwell and Enthusiastic Christianity | 05/16/07
 What are we to say about Jerry Falwell, the fundamentalist Christian pastor who ...

Entrepreneurs and Media Dinosaurs | 05/15/07
 Talk-show host Hugh Hewitt is proabably as good and energetic an interviewer as ...

Riling Up the Republican Base | 05/15/07
 The art of politics is to divide up the electorate neatly into 51-49, with 51 percent ...

Let's Throw Good Money After Bad | 05/14/07
 Yes.  Give us a billion here and a billion there and we could really solve the ...

Traditional values down, but not out | 05/14/07
 Some political actors believe that the Democratic capture of Congress in 2006 ...

Global Guerrillas for Breakfast | 05/11/07
 Alerted by the trend-spotting Instapundit to ...

Married Mothers Day | 05/11/07
 Why is it that liberals have made a world with their welfare state in which single ...

A Decade of Blair | 05/10/07
 First the good news.  The ten years of Tony Blair have been the most successful ...

Iran and the Chimera of "Self-Sufficiency" | 05/09/07
 Ever since the dawn of the modern age movements have erupted again and again calling ...

For Dionne It's All About Compulsion | 05/08/07
 Things don’t look too good out there for people like us, writes ...

Democrats Still Opposed to Missile Defense | 05/08/07
 For forty years after World War II the defenses of the United States were aligned to ...

Netroots: On Chait in TNR | 05/07/07
 Here is how the netroots experience their birth in the aftermath of the contested 2000 ...

Center-right Sarkozy Wins In France | 05/07/07
 Because the left has liked to represent Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France ...

Don't Frighten the Horses | 05/05/07
 Analyzing the British local elections of last ...

Tories Advance in Brit Local Elections | 05/04/07
 Britain’s Conservative Party oustripped forecasts of 600-700 by gaining over 875 ...

After the Debate: Romney | 05/04/07
 You could say that the reason I’m a Romney guy is because of the ...

The Heart of the Education Problem | 05/03/07
 In Britland they have recently discovered that social mobility is going down not ...

"Make No Mistake" | 05/02/07
 After President Bush vetoed the Democrats’ emergency war funding bill everyone ...

GM to Advertise on Limbaugh Show | 05/02/07
 This year on August 1 talk radio will be 19 years old.  It started with Rush ...

Romney: You Make the Call | 05/01/07
 The AP recently reported that Mitt Romney didn’t think it was that important to ...

"Eurostar Generation" Threatens Euro Social Model | 05/01/07
 They call them the “Eurostar Generation.”  They are the young French ...

 TAGS


Chappies

“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


Education

“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State


Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Conversion

“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


Postmodernism

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Conservatism

Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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